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Norah Jones has had difficulty over the years finding the appropriate San Diego venue to showcase her music; she's performed everywhere from Cane's to Coors, where she drew a scant 6400 fans in a venue that seats 18,000. Judging from Saturday night's show at the more intimate Spreckels Theatre, it appears Jones may have found her niche here.

Switching between keyboards and guitars, Jones concentrated on music from her most recent release, The Fall, which documents the end of her relationship with longtime collaborator Lee Alexander and has a bit of a harder edge than the mellow jazz for which she has become known.

She opened the show with over 30 minutes of selections from The Fall before digging into back-catalogue hits such as "Sunrise" and her version of San Diegan Tom Waits's "Long Way Home" off of her second album. A highlight of the evening was her cover of the Kinks’ "Strangers." If you came looking for the hits, you got them, along with a career retrospective that threw in a song from her all-girl country bar band and an ode to her dog in "Man of the Hour."

  • Concert: Norah Jones
  • Date: April 24
  • Venue: Spreckels Theatre
  • Seats: left orchestra, row B, seat 1 on center aisle
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Norah Jones has had difficulty over the years finding the appropriate San Diego venue to showcase her music; she's performed everywhere from Cane's to Coors, where she drew a scant 6400 fans in a venue that seats 18,000. Judging from Saturday night's show at the more intimate Spreckels Theatre, it appears Jones may have found her niche here.

Switching between keyboards and guitars, Jones concentrated on music from her most recent release, The Fall, which documents the end of her relationship with longtime collaborator Lee Alexander and has a bit of a harder edge than the mellow jazz for which she has become known.

She opened the show with over 30 minutes of selections from The Fall before digging into back-catalogue hits such as "Sunrise" and her version of San Diegan Tom Waits's "Long Way Home" off of her second album. A highlight of the evening was her cover of the Kinks’ "Strangers." If you came looking for the hits, you got them, along with a career retrospective that threw in a song from her all-girl country bar band and an ode to her dog in "Man of the Hour."

  • Concert: Norah Jones
  • Date: April 24
  • Venue: Spreckels Theatre
  • Seats: left orchestra, row B, seat 1 on center aisle
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I LIKED HER JAZZY STUFF MORE. GOOD REVIEW.

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